Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Here is an anecdote about the inner workings of the new oligarch economy. As many of you know, I work for the state railways. One day, we got a strange request from one branch of the company for an expert opinion on the design of a track component. Strange because the design was obviously dangerous and against specifications, so it should have been rejected without much thought.

After much prodding, I got them to reveal the background. The bad design was a cheap solution which the biggest construction company of Hungary wanted to use. This company belongs to one of the Fidesz oligarchs through intermediaries and grew fat by receiving the majority of government contracts. So when the railway's engineers said that that solution violates specifications, sometime later the railway's managers told them to approve it unless they can prove that it's a bad solution. (At this point, even my Fidesz-voting far-right colleagues called bullshit. I wonder how many of them switched to Jobbik today...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Apr 6th, 2014 at 09:52:46 AM EST
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